November 2, 2018

Director Jim Eddinger of the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Director Bruce Borkovich of the Ferris State Department of Public Safety want to remind students to take charge of your personal safety when socializing around campus and Big Rapids.

Here are a few things to do to take charge of your personal safety and the safety of your friends:

  • Never leave your drink unattended. If you accidentally leave it somewhere, throw it out. Do not provide an opportunity for someone to put something in your drink.
  • Do not accept drinks from someone that are open or have been mixed by someone, other than a trusted friend.
  • If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, DO NOT DRINK TO EXCESS. Very few people have their night ruined by social drinking, but it is common to have serious health and safety issues when you drink to excess.
  • If you are with a friend who is passed out, vomiting, or semi-responsive, take charge of their personal safety. Keep a close watch on them, and if necessary, get the emergency medical care that they need.
  • If you are drinking, NEVER take a chance on driving a vehicle. Call a taxi company, SAFERIDE, or a sober friend.
  • Take care of your friends and those around If they are drinking to excess, take personal responsibility for them to keep them safe, and ensure that they get home safely. You can be the person who steps up to be their hero for the night.

We care about you and your well-being. Take charge of your personal safety and the safety of others.